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Online toolkit wins Ashden Sustainable Energy Award

Former US vice-president Al Gore has presented Enworks Partnership with a Sustainable Energy Ashden Award for its online toolkit.

The toolkit helps businesses in the north-west reduce their use of resources and cut waste production.

Based in Greater Manchester, the scheme boasts almost 1,000 participating businesses. It said that those in the scheme save about £12 million a year from a total capital investment of only £5.5 million, as well as reducing CO2 emissions by 18,000 tonnes a year.

The programme works with each business, conducting audits, bringing in special advisers, providing a telephone helpline and finding ways to help them save energy, water and materials by examining all their manufacturing processes, and making their buildings more energy-efficient.

Northwest Regional Development Agency chief executive Steven Broomhead praised the scheme: "During the past five years, Enworks has succeeded in positioning the north west at the vanguard of environmental business excellence and it is only natural that the programme is now a model for the rest of Europe to follow."

International Ashden Award winners included a project in India to turn waste food into cooking gas and a stove design from China that uses crop waste.


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